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Report: Browns request interview with Pats coordinator Matt Patricia

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots watches the action on the sidelines during their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns have looked to the Bill Belichick coaching tree twice in the last decade in hopes of ending their seemingly never-ending string of futility.

Now they appear interested in kicking the tires on another coordinator groomed under Belichick.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Browns have requested an interview with New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as they begin to search for yet another head coach.

The Browns have twice fired former Patriots defensive coordinators as head coach. Romeo Crennel came directly from New England to serve as head coach from 2005-08 before getting fired with a 24-40 overall record. Cleveland then hired Eric Mangini after a three-year run as head coach of the New York Jets. Mangini was 10-22 in two seasons with the Browns.

Patricia has been with the Patriots since 2004 when he began as an offensive coaching assistant. He moved to assistant offensive line coach in 2005, linebackers coach in 2006, safeties coach in 2011 and then was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012.

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41 Responses to “Report: Browns request interview with Pats coordinator Matt Patricia”
  1. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 5, 2016 1:17 AM

    “Would you like to go from 100 to 0 real quick?”

    — Brown

  2. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 5, 2016 1:20 AM

    Jeez, sure being innovative here. Crenel and mangini worked so well after all.

  3. welltobefair says: Jan 5, 2016 1:20 AM

    Good for him, he deserves all the attention and interviews. Wish he could stay in New England, but as long as he doesn’t wind up in Miami, I wish him all the best as a HC next year.

  4. mr1drful says: Jan 5, 2016 2:27 AM

    He’s a good hc candidate, but I would avoid Cleveland.

  5. vikesdynasty says: Jan 5, 2016 4:05 AM

    This would be a Browns kind of hire….I see them in same position come 2017 if they do.

  6. bartpkelly says: Jan 5, 2016 4:21 AM

    This guy has coached Offense and Defense in the NFL…Give him a serious look.

  7. carloswlassiter says: Jan 5, 2016 5:14 AM

    It’s very hard to imagine the kind of coach that could have success in this environment and under the structure they are implementing.

    Perhaps someone like Parcells given a 10 year deal and full control to do whatever he deems necessary.

  8. screamingsheep69 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:24 AM

    I hear Charlie Weis is hunting a new revenue stream.

  9. patriotsfootballleague says: Jan 5, 2016 5:36 AM

    The Cleveland front ownership is not committed to a single winning season. The fans of the Browns I am sure have the sympathy from football fans everywhere but there is nothing to be done about it, i’m afraid. I hope Matt Patricia doesn’t take this interview as a serious consideration to spend 2 or 3 very long years of his career trying very hard to build something and then have it torn down and burned up because of Haslam. The roster has very questionable characters that can’t even be relied on to even show up to work in a professional state of mind. Cleveland Browns ain’t the place to be, so bad to their fans and former hc Pettine. I wouldn’t go anywhere near that stadium with Haslam mucking about.

  10. thekid72489 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:52 AM

    Insert punchline/complaint below.

  11. cross300 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:20 AM

    Seems like a nice guy I hope he doesn’t throw his coaching career away by going to clevland.

  12. diehardfootballfan says: Jan 5, 2016 6:32 AM

    This franchise just doesn’t get it. Bring someone who has experience to try and set the ship right. The first year coaches are not working for this team. I am not a Browns fan but I like watching competitive football on Sunday’s and it just ain’t there.

  13. cinzano08 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:33 AM

    Everyone calls pats all kinds of names but they always want to hire the people that have been trained by BB.

  14. dirtydawg44 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:43 AM

    Haslam, Please leave no stone unturned. And for the sake of god, please do not settle again like you did the last time.

  15. baltimorons says: Jan 5, 2016 6:48 AM

    I oil this guy…which means the Browns will turn him into Eric Mangini.

  16. throwingstones20 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:54 AM

    I hate this the coaching changes should have to wait until after the super bowl. These coordinators have enough crap going on to be worried about interviews

  17. troylok says: Jan 5, 2016 7:05 AM

    You’d think that eventually someone would realize that the thing that makes these guys great won’t be coming to Cleveland with them – Belichick.

  18. iammrbinky says: Jan 5, 2016 7:32 AM

    Belichik will decline the request for the Browns and Dolphins and I don’t blame him but quite honestly, what coordinator of the great Hoodie has had any success? O’Brien is the best and his has been marginal thus far.

  19. billsfan1 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:34 AM

    Seems like a good dude but I hope BB sways him to wait a bit. Not a Pats fan but I’m tired of seeing young guys fail esp when they go to teams that may be bad fit..

    Seems to get a lot from players and I’d love for him to come here but that obviously wouldn’t happen.

  20. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:40 AM

    Don’t do it. Brady has a better shot of winning 2 more super bowls than you do of having time to make it to a third year in Cleveland.

  21. craigkintexas says: Jan 5, 2016 7:52 AM

    Don’t answer the phone Matt!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. superpatriotsfan says: Jan 5, 2016 8:59 AM

    You cant cheat outside of New England.

  23. spiffybiff says: Jan 5, 2016 9:15 AM

    Needs more experience

  24. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 5, 2016 9:22 AM

    Report: The Patriots fumble stats did not change this season much to the disappointment of silly Patriot Hater who proclaimed their would.

    Guess it’s time to make more excuses for your limp wristed skirt wearing wuss of a team who simply isn’t MAN enough to put in the work and effort to beat the World Champions on the field.

    Personally I’d rather cheer for a REAL MAN’s team like the World Champion Patriots. Not a little wussie team.
    🙂

  25. schmitty2 says: Jan 5, 2016 9:25 AM

    I would just like him to wear his hat properly for once like most adult men do.

  26. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 5, 2016 9:25 AM

    Tee hee🙂

    Look at wussie Patriot Hater still thinking their team deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the World Champions and NFLs Greatest Dynasty!

    You poor, poor deluded souls….

  27. streetyson says: Jan 5, 2016 9:27 AM

    Notice how since 2001 the rest of the league (and their fans) have been quick to point the (falsely pious) finger of suspicion at the Pats, then hypocritically headhunt every Pats’ player and staffer – and then their fans also ridiculously denounce the Pats “next man up mantra” to the resultant frequently high roster turnover all these years, which is already one of the two biggest this year due to injuries? I guess it’s the best they can do by way of a compliment in this screwball league – other than spend millions falsifing obscure data for supposed “crimes” that other guilty or admitting teams aren’t even fined for, that is.

  28. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 5, 2016 9:30 AM

    I hope he doesn’t go. This defense has finally started to gel after years of uncertainty…and may turn into something special in the next year and he had a lot to do with it.

    If they can stay healthy obviously.
    🙂

  29. zombiepatriot says: Jan 5, 2016 9:32 AM

    I hope he takes the time to evaluate the situation, talks with Mangini, Crennel and looks at the recent history of the Browns organization.

    Then stays where he is until an organization that is not a cesspool of misery comes calling.

    It will happen at some point where Cleveland will retain a coach for a sufficient amount of time where they are able to build up their players and program but I do not see it happening in the near future. The organization will seemingly continue to judge coaches on their ability to beat the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals in a given year instead of taking some time to figure it out.

    All I know is it has benefited the Patriots over the past decade with the various changes at the Jets, Dolphins and Bills and as much as I hate the Jets I give them credit for having some continuity allowing them to be a good organization on and off just not great. I think Bowles may have it figured out but only time will tell.

  30. factman66 says: Jan 5, 2016 9:43 AM

    Cesspool of misery> cesspool of cheating
    Pats fans are in no position to judge any other front office because there’s is as corrupt as they come.
    I’m not sure if he’s qualified to be a head coach yet but his name has been associated with several vacancies, there must be something teams see in him.

  31. factman66 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:02 AM

    Belichik will decline the request for the Browns and Dolphins and I don’t blame him but quite honestly,
    ****
    That wouldbe shady of him. Not allowing an assistant to advance their career is just bad business for everyone involved, plus its just unprofessional.

  32. jbraider says: Jan 5, 2016 10:25 AM

    If BB wanted to protected Matt Patricia from himself, he would refuse the request. I understand the conventional wisdom that there are only 32 NFL HC jobs and when you have a shot at one, you should take it – but still, what kind of chance for success do you have when the personnel decisions are going to be made by Sashi Brown?

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:09 AM

    He’ll be a good HC but I hope he doesn’t leave the Pats yet.

    And I have to wonder why anyone would take that Cleveland job unless their only goal is the multi million dollar paycheck for a couple years.

  34. hairpie2 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:45 AM

    So the Browns, like the Lolphins, called the Pats cheaters and now they want to hire one of the coaches??? Do these people know how stupid they look when they try to pander to the espn crowd and pile on?

  35. grogantomorgan says: Jan 5, 2016 12:24 PM

    Wow Miami and now Cleveland.

    Two of the 5 worst owners in the NFL.

    Just Saying

  36. charliecharger says: Jan 5, 2016 1:19 PM

    None of the Patriots coaches have ever been successful away from Tom Brady, including Bill Belichick. I’m sure all those guys are excellent coaches, but they haven’t been successful excellent coaches without Brady. Yet these owners seem to be playing dumb. Are they really that dumb, or are they just pretending to care, while their franchises skyrocket in value?

  37. joker65 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:01 PM

    baltimorons says:
    Jan 5, 2016 6:48 AM
    I oil this guy…

    ____

    “Not that theres anything wrong with that……”

  38. joker65 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:06 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Jan 5, 2016 1:19 PM
    None of the Patriots coaches have ever been successful away from Tom Brady, including Bill Belichick. I’m sure all those guys are excellent coaches, but they haven’t been successful excellent coaches without Brady. Yet these owners seem to be playing dumb. Are they really that dumb, or are they just pretending to care, while their franchises skyrocket in value?

    ____

    In other words, Brady is GOAT?

  39. zigthepatsfan says: Jan 5, 2016 7:38 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Jan 5, 2016 1:19 PM
    None of the Patriots coaches have ever been successful away from Tom Brady, including Bill Belichick. I’m sure all those guys are excellent coaches, but they haven’t been successful excellent coaches without Brady. Yet these owners seem to be playing dumb. Are they really that dumb, or are they just pretending to care, while their franchises skyrocket in value?
    ———–
    Weis and Crennel were legit, very good -if not great -coordinators. Mangini got a lot of the credit for his work with DBs but wasn’t on the level of Weis/ Crennel. McDaniels and Patricia aren’t either. Not even close. Don’t think they’d be very good HC hires right now.

    I’ve lamented for years how Bill always promotes from within when it comes to his staff which is about the only reason I have for not wanting McDaniels to leave- I’m not a huge fan of him but there wont be any “Big name” OC hired to replace him, it;ll be some WR or RB coach already here or Bill himself will do the play calling like the year after Weis left… BBs son will be Asst HC coach soon enough lol

  40. section310 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:47 PM

    Matt, stay in New England. You have young kids, Ohio isn’t know for their fine Public School system.

    BTW: Josh McDainels is heading to Philly. Great restaurants but very angry people (generally speaking of course).

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:07 PM

    “You cant cheat outside of New England.”

    There it is, the most stupid thing I’ll read all day SMH

    You might want to look up the history of all 31 other teams as every single team has been repeatedly caught doing naughty things the last 15-20 years.

    The holier than thou my team and their management / ownership are choir boys who’ve never done anything wrong it their lives is hilarious.

    Its called the internet. Do a little research and educate yourself.

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